Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Giving Good (Cruelty-Free) Face

Published on July 23, 2009 by   ·   12 Comments Pin It

What the heck is all this cruelty-free junk we wax on about ad nauseum, and what does it have to do with keeping your lip gloss poppin’?   We get your emails all the time; “What’s the best all-natural mascara?”   or “How can I be sure my deodorant hasn’t been tested on dogs eyeballs?” Gotcha covered, Sisters n’ Bro’s.

Be Nice to Bunnies (BNB) is a   new search-able application for your iPhone or iPod touch that helps you make an informed decision about cruelty-free purchasing anywhere, anytime, at home or in-store. Certified and regularly updated, BNB v.2.0 is an extensive database of personal care (from cosmetics to toothpaste), household and animal companion products at your fingertips.  Search by brand, manufacturer or by product category, and view a full list of ‘Do’ and ‘Don’t’ test companies.  Mark your most used products and brands, adding them to your personal ‘favorites’ list perfect for quick and easy reference for busy women on the run!  Companies and products that are vegan (don’t contain animal byproducts) are also noted.

The app is available for purchase from the iTunes store for $1.99. You can check out this link for more information on the app and to watch a demo video here:

Don’t have an iPhone?   No sweat! Find out which cosmetic, personal care, and household products have been certified by the CCIC’s Leaping Bunny Program by viewing the Compassionate Shopping Guide.

Just some of the MANY great cosmetics companies that don’t test on animals: Too Faced, Urban Decay, FACE,   Zia Natural Skincare, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Kiss my Face, Origins, Beauty Without Cruelty, and Aubrey Organics.   Just because an a company doesn’t test on animals does not mean it is vegan. You’d be shocked to hear how many of your favorite lipsticks are made from fish scales and ground beetles… yes, that close to your pout!

Do you own a rocking compassionate company? Let consumers know you care by joining the Leaping Bunny Program.

Even scarieir still is how many products currently in your bathroom cabinet were most likely tested on animals.   Animal testing is no longer crucial, and it’s more hideous than you can imagine.   We are sparing you the photo’s in this post, but trust us, it’s BAD and not something a big-hearted diva of your stature would tolerate.   Chimpanzees, dogs, rabbits, and yes – even rats – are intelligent, social animals, capable of many of the same emotions as humans, such as fear, boredom, happiness and empathy.

As our friend Marisa at Kind Green Planet so eloquently puts it;

As we expand our circle of compassion to include more formerly oppressed/marginalized groups, our worldview changes. In the 1930’s, scientists in Alabama conducted cruel experiments on black people by giving them syphilis and not treating them. If any humans were forced to endure such tests today, people would be horrified. Now, instead of Jews or disabled people, labs conduct tests on animals. The medical community should use their creativity and intelligence to find alternatives. Whether it’s programs that focus on educating people on the lifestyle choices that have been proven time and time again to actually prevent diseases (that the pharmaceutical companies are trying to treat the symptoms of) or it’s computer programs that create simulations of biological processes, there are many options that save human lives and don’t hurt non-human animals.

“Behind the Mask” is a MUST SEE film about people who risk their lives and freedom to save animals in labs.   You can buy this film and read more about it here:   It’s a mind opening and lifestyle changing film.

Want to learn more?   Check out the hilarious Breasts, Not Animal Tests PETA campaign. The campaign was created to help women, without hurting animals, and the website includes a fun game that tells you to click on the breasts, not the rest!

Want to get involved a little less scandalously? Check out one of our favorite organizations; PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,) which works tirelessly to promote alternatives to animal research. They have worked to put a stop to gruesome experiments, such as the military’s cat-shooting studies, DEA narcotics experiments, and monkey self-mutilation projects.   They also promote the most technologically advanced non-animal methods in medical education. Currently, more than three-quarters of all U.S. medical schools have dropped their animal labs for medical students thanks to organizations like PCRM, but there is still a ways to go.

A true Glamazon *always* goes cruelty-free.

Not a cute look for you, not a cute look for the animals.

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Readers Comments (12)

  1. Debbi says:

    Great piece!! Thank you for the nod to PCRM and for spreading the good word…always!

  2. themessenger says:

    awesome read. heart breaking what happens to animals in these testing facilities.

  3. Ariela says:

    Amazing post chloe! I’m always wondering about which products are or are not cruelty free. I’ve been worrying about it so much that I’ve pretty much avoided buying/using any products I was unsure about. Now I can pamper myself with no fear!

  4. Megan says:

    Wow…I always thought of Mary Kay as kind of red neckish. Nice to know they are hip and compassionate enough to go cruelty free!!

  5. Megan (the pitbull mom, as opposed to the Megan above) says:

    Hey hey Girlie Girl Army,

    Great post. I am so happy to have access to this information since I’m always struggling to find cruelty-free stuff to keep me looking cute.

    However – before you give another nod to PETA, I just wanted to let you know that they support Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). BSL is described as “discriminative restrictions placed on innocent animals and owners based on the appearance or breed of the animal. No matter how friendly, well trained or useful a dog is, if the animal fits a specific description of a “banned” breed it will face cruel restrictions, banishment or even death in jurisdictions with BSL.” This kind of thinking does a MAJOR disservice to these wonderful, loyal, gentle dogs. It’s a huge threat to the social acceptance and peaceful survival of pit bulls and other bully breeds (staffordshire terriers, etc). A lot of people don’t know that PETA is in support of this type of legislation. They are absolutely NOT the benevolent animal advocacy group that they’d like to have people believe.

    Just wanted to let you know. Still love the site and all of the wonderful info on it!


  6. JenTobin says:

    Hooray! We need more consciousness around this issue! I’m an Arbonne consultant and we’re cruelty free/ Vegan, also!! I’m proud to represent!

  7. Austin says:

    Great job. This app is going right next to my Good Guide app, which is another guide to responsible purchasing, and is free (and ecologically-oriented).

  8. Maria says:

    Great piece!

  9. […] Don’t buy products tested on animals. Tens of millions of animals are poisoned, blinded, burned, and cut up in order to test cosmetics, food and beverages, household products, and personal care products. Animals who live in laboratories can spend years in small, barren cages, often in solitary confinement, in constant fear of their cage door opening for the next test, during which they’ll have toxic substances forced down their throat, rubbed onto their sensitive skin, or dripped into their eyes. Learn more about this here. […]

  10. Hey, cats & kittens–
    I’m working on some make up tutorials for Beauty Without Cruelty’s US distributor’s website, so keep an eye peeled for that in the coming months! (They are a UK based brand). BWC also lists which of their products are gluten free for any Celiacs in the house, which gives me warm gluten free fuzzies all over. BWC is also relaunching their make up line with new products and coors, so keep an eye peeled, because you definitely want their lipstick and the volume mascara (no flakes!)

    I’d also like to recommend Logona Naturkosmetik products ( I’m currently using their haircare on my clients and am LOVING it. Their Blow Dry Styler Bamboo is the secret to my amazing blow outs that withstand sweaty summer nights.

    Another post on cruelty free make up coming soon to follow up on my red lipstick piece; I’ll tell you what the best cruelty free steal in my make up bag is, and my fave alternatives to several major beauty products that you are spending waaaaay too much on. Stay tuned and stay beautiful!


    PS–Thank you, Megan Pitbull Mommy. I’m a dedicated pitbull/rescue person, and I can’t get behind an organization that wants rights for all animals…except for the ones they want dead because they’re “better off” that way. Good for you for calling it out!

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